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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Where Can I Find the Quietest Campsite in America?

Shhh! Find silent shores in this isolated Boundary Waters hideaway

by: The Backpacker Editors

Boundary Waters, photo courtesy Explore Minnesota Tourism
Boundary Waters, photo courtesy Explore Minnesota Tourism

The Answer
The shores of Medas and Moiyaka Lakes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Their two tent sites are not on any canoe routes and are isolated from roads by 20 miles of noise-filtering forest. Plus, federal regulations prohibit airline flyovers. Gravy: "They're occupied just four or five times a summer," says forestry technician Steve Cochran.

The Way
From entry point 74, 20 miles east of Ely, Minnesota, hike 11 miles east on the Kekekabic Trail. Spurs to the sites are marked with signs bearing tent symbols. Get permits ($16 adults, $8 youth/senior) at bwcaw.org.




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Matt Davis
Jan 11, 2011

I've stayed at the Medas Lake campsite...very nice indeed! It's a bit more shaded from the wind than the Moiyaka Lake site.

Matt Davis
Jan 11, 2011

I've stayed at the Medas Lake campsite...very nice indeed! It's a bit more shaded from the wind than the Moiyaka Lake site.

Matt Davis
Jan 11, 2011

I've stayed at the Medas Lake campsite...very nice indeed! It's a bit more shaded from the wind than the Moiyaka Lake site.

Kristy
Aug 30, 2010

After a long hike, the moiyaka site was occupied! To my relief, the Medas site was open and the most relaxing place on earth.

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